March 26, 2009
WELLESLEY, MA—Depression, which often has its first onset in adolescence, is a common and impairing condition associated with difficulties in relationships, impaired school and work performance, and increased risk for substance abuse and suicide. Adolescent offspring of depressed parents are at markedly increased risk for developing depression themselves. To date, few large-scale depression prevention trials have been conducted targeting high risk children of depressed parents. In this seminar, Tracy Gladstone will present data from a multi-site randomized controlled trial of a group, cognitive-behavioral prevention program targeting these adolescent (ages 13-17) offspring of parents with current and/or prior depressive disorders.
Lunchtime Seminar Series programs are free and open to the public. Held Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Cheever House Library, the seminars highlight the work of Wellesley Centers for Women researchers and program staff. For more information, call 781.283.2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org.
For 35 years, scholars from the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College have helped drive positive social change through their social science research projects and training programs. Work at WCW addresses three major areas: the status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional wellbeing of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.